NASA launches of­fen­sive

China Daily (Canada) - - LIFE -

United States space agency NASA has joined the cho­rus of peo­ple voic­ing con­dem­na­tion of singer Bey­once for us­ing an au­dio sam­ple recorded mo­ments af­ter the Space Shut­tle Chal­lenger ex­ploded in 1986, killing all seven crew mem­bers, in her lat­est sin­gle. NASA is­sued a state­ment late Tues­day slam­ming the “triv­i­al­iza­tion” of the tragedy af­ter the pop star be­gan to re­ceive crit­i­cism from Chal­lenger fam­i­lies and oth­ers for us­ing the short sam­ple that in­cludes the words “ma­jor mal­func­tion” as an al­lu­sion to a failed re­la­tion­ship. “The Chal­lenger ac­ci­dent is an im­por­tant part of our his­tory, a tragic re­minder that space ex­plo­ration is risky and should never be triv­i­al­ized,” said the state­ment from Lauren B. Wor­ley, NASA’s press sec­re­tary. The con­tro­ver­sial sam­ple ap­pears at the be­gin­ning of her song XO from her new self-ti­tled al­bum.

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